Mali security minister: 4 jihadis killed in resort attack

A general view of Bamako in Mali

A general view of Bamako in Mali

In January 2016, 30 people were killed, including many foreigners, in an attack on a top Burkina Faso hotel and a nearby restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou.

Twenty people were killed in an attack on a hotel in Bakamo in 2015 carried out by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in coordination with another militant group.

Two of a suspected three gunmen were killed by Mali security forces, according to CNN.

Mali has been in a state of emergency since the Radisson Blu attack.

The holiday resort Le Campement de Kangaba is popular among Western tourists and expats.

The African Union condemned the attack and reiterated its commitment to support Mali in combating terrorism.

United Nations armoured personnel vehicles stationed with an ambulance outside Campement Kangaba, in the aftermath of the attack.

"It is a jihadist attack".

In a later news conference, Traore said Malian forces fatally shot two of the attackers but the other two escaped and were being pursued.

Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist force headed to the scene.

Mali's army earlier said that one of the attackers was wounded and gave up his weapon.

One of them left behind a machine gun and bottles filled with "explosive substances".

A witness told local television ORTM said he saw a man arrive on a motorcycle who "started shooting at the crowd" followed by "two or three people" who came in another vehicle.

Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, prompting the French military in 2013 to lead a military operation to oust jihadists from power in the major towns in the north.

A Kangaba employee described ushering clients into a hiding place, a possible explanation for the relatively low death toll compared with the lives lost in previous assaults on tourist targets in west Africa. The latest, and one of the deadliest happened in March 2016 at Grand-Bassam resort in Ivory Coast, where 19 people died, including eight foreigners. Five terrorists were killed ...

Mogherini, who has promised 50 million euros ($56 million) to back the new force, said Monday that Europeans and Africans were "brothers and sisters" in the fight against terror. The UN deployed more than 13,000 military personnel and says its mission in Mali has the highest fatality rate of all UN operations worldwide.

Seven occupy staff appointments in the mission headquarters in Bamako, while 11 others are based in Koulikoro Training Centre.

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